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Maid Cafe

May 3, 2009
Maid Cafes are a big part of otaku culture (Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, and video games) in Japan.  Apparently, Maid Cafes are pretty popular right now, specifically in the Akihabara area of Tokyo.  Someone suggested we check one out while in Akihabara and I was intrigued so we decided to go.
 
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As soon as you step out from the train station, you see girls dressed in French maid costumes trying to get you to go to their Maid Cafe.
 
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We chose this Maid Cafe for no particular reason.  As soon as you walk inside, the maids come up to you and say stuff like, “Welcome home Master!  You must’ve had a long day.”
 
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The menu is very simple and standard.  I went with a shrimp rice pilaf and Boyfriend got a dry curry.  All entrees were 1200 yen (!!) and all soft drinks were 600 yen.
 
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 Pictures aren’t allowed inside the restaurant but we snuck a few.  You can PAY to take a picture with a maid and/or have a video made of a conversation you have with them.

I wouldn’t go back to a Maid Cafe although it was interesting to see.  I thought the clientele would be young, lonely, dorky males but there were a lot of females dining there as well.  The married couple sitting next to us even asked for a frequent diner’s card so they can collect points!  I’m glad we saw what a Maid Cafe is like since it’s definitely something unique to the Japanese culture.

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After we ate, while walking around, we saw these cars about a block away.  Otaku culture at it’s finest!

Tsukiji Fish Market

April 19, 2009

This is a really touristy thing to do but I’ve been here twice now and find it amazing.  We woke up at 4:30 AM to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market.

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The auction goes from 5 to 6:15 AM and it’s definitely a sight to see and hear!  The auctioneer was going crazy, yelling things and pointing at all the blue fin tuna on the ground.

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Some can go for as much as a million yen!  After we watched the auction and walked through the market, we decided to eat a sushi breakfast… at 6:30 AM. : )

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There were already a ton of people lined up at the various restauarnts.  Some had over an hour wait but we chose a random one with a shorter line and ended up waiting about 30 – 40 minutes.

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All of the restaurants were teeny and only sat about ten people at the most.

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I went with the chirashi.  It was absolutely amazing and had a great mix of hamachi, ebi, salmon, kani, maguro, ikura, etc.  The fish was so fresh, it melted in my mouth.

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Boyfriend went with the Fuji 7 piece set and got a bonus nigiri  I’m so proud that he ate everything… even the ikura!  The prices at the market restaurants were pretty expensive.  It’s not surprising considering it’s a huge tourist attraction so they can jack up the prices.  The fish was incredible and I’m glad we went!

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Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to Tsukiji made for a really long day but it was so worth it!!  As we were walking around the aisles and rows of 500 different kinds of seafood, I could hear the workers muttering, “Get out of the way! Stupid toursits.”  I felt bad for interrupting their regular work day because it must’ve been frustrating having tourists stopping in the middle of a walkway and sticking their camera lenses into everything.  It was a sight to see, a must if you’re in Tokyo and awake at 5 AM!! ; )


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